Thoughts on flake dimensions

Discussion in 'Pipe Tobacco' started by Old Ted, Jan 11, 2011.

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  1. Old Ted

    Old Ted Active Member

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    Not really complaining here!..but a few thoughts about the VA flakes that have been my staple diet for many years. Smoked a heck of a lot of Erinmore, St.Bruno, Condor etc,etc, and love the look and feel of the precision-cut thin flakes - almost appearing like a miniature deck of cards, and I soon get to know - how many I need to 'deal' for my chosen pipe. Today at the B&M I stocked up with some bulk flakes from Sam G. - IMO still the best producer of VA flakes in the world!. Well, their site says that they still use some equipment that was second-hand when they started in 1792!...so maybe that accounts for the random thickness and size of flakes. The 'Best Brown' I picked up today was in approx. 6" flakes of varying thickness, and I cut them up with scissors at home, before use. It's no big deal, of course! - the baccy is so good, but I just like things neat and tidy! LOL, and in similar fashion - I'm not too fond of the ragged way that Orlik GS's are presented in the tin! :eek:hyeah:
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  2. AndyLowry

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    According to a history of the Gawith company that I have around here somewhere, the second-hand equipment from 1792 was mostly snuff-milling hardware. Think of a mortar and pestle the size of your car, and you'd be close. :) I'll have to find the book and see what other details I've forgotten.
     
  3. AndyLowry

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    Found it: Kendal Brown, the History of Kendal's Tobacco and Snuff Industry, J. W. Dunderdale. The machinery was bought used in Glasgow and was transported to Kendal by a Thomas Harrison, who opened a tobacco company in Kendal. Samuel Gawith married Harrison's daughter in 1837, and the company later became his. The machinery is still in use, apparently.
     
  4. Old Ted

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    Thanks Andy - I didn't know there was such a book, interesting!, I wonder if it is still in print?....must look out for this one!
     
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